One of the most promising NFT marketplaces built on Solana – Magic Eden experienced a major security breach that led to listing fake NFTs on the marketplace. 25 fake NFTs were sold on the marketplace in 24 hours. On January 4, 2023 the firm said in a statement that the ‘activity indexer’ used for the marketplace and Pro Tools was compromised and allowed it to list fake NFTs alongside the real ones.
Magic Eden said that 25 fake NFTs were sold in just 24 hours and the firm is currently investigating if the genuine NFTs were affected by the exploit. The two major collections ABC and y00ts were affected by the exploit. The marketplace said it believes the issue has “impacted fewer than 10 collections.
ABC also posted a screenshot of two fake NFTs being sold for 100 SOL (The price of SOL was $13 at the time of sale) which amounted to $2,600.
Do not buy these @y00tsNFT on @MagicEden, they are fake!
Basically, every single collection is fake on Magiceden, a massive exploit is happening ongoing.
High-value NFTs are suffering the most, as attackers choose to exploit higher-value NFTs first. pic.twitter.com/35RYHOKVxd
— HGE.SOL 🔤🧙♂️ (@HGESOL) January 4, 2023
The NFT marketplace identified the issue and proactively disabled both tools and eliminated the gates that allowed the unverified NFTs to get listed on the platform. The platform also asked the users to perform a ‘hard refresh’ of the platform’s website to ensure that no fake NFTs show up on the browser session.
“Magic Eden is safe for trading and we will refund all the users who mistakenly bought unverified NFTs specifically due to this issue,” the platform announced.
“Your NFTs are safe and Magic Eden has not been hacked,” the marketplace tweeted. “Unfortunately, you might’ve seen some um, unsavory images. Make sure you do a hard refresh on your browser to fix it, the firm added.
Earlier today, unverified NFTs were being shown as part of verified collections on ME. In the last day, impact was contained to 25 unverified NFTs sold in 4 collections.
We’ve resolved the issue and will refund those affected. Now, no one can buy unverified NFTs on ME.
— Magic Eden 🪄 (@MagicEden) January 4, 2023
On Tuesday, users reported pornographic images from the sitcom series ‘The Big Bang Theory’ in place of NFTs. According to the marketplace the issue was linked to its third party image caching service. The NFT marketplace did not share the image caching service partner due to security concerns.
DeGods, the creator of y00ts, also tweeted that there was an exploit on Magic Eden that allowed unverified NFTs to be listed as part of the collection.
There is currently an exploit on Magic Eden allowing for unverified NFT’s to be listed as part of the collection
You can verify if an NFT is part of the collection on our explore page linked below
If it’s not in our explorer, it’s not our NFThttps://t.co/c4HKIJJD1n
— DeGods III (@DeGodsNFT) January 4, 2023
The Magic Eden exploit is the latest setback for the NFT marketplace, which saw global monthly sales nosediving to 86 percent in December compared to its all-time high of $4.9 billion in January last year, according to data tracker CryptoSlam.
Magic Eden’s market position and finances
Magic Eden raised $27 million in March, 2022 before securing another $130 million in capital at a $1.6 billion valuation just three months later. The NFT marketplace start up’s investors include Sequoia Capital and Electric Capital. The infamous Alameda Research, the digital asset trading firm co-founded by beleaguered crypto fraudster Sam Bankman-Fried, was an investor.
More about Magic Eden
Magic Eden is a Solana Network NFT platform that facilitates the buying, selling, and minting of NFTs. The NFT transactions are very similar to Ethereum transactions, except that users will have a 0% listing fee and only a 2% transaction fee, lowering the entry barriers for both new and experienced NFT buyers and creators. SOL tokens are the fee payment method. With a market share of more than 90% in secondary trading volume on Solana, Magic Eden offers the most liquidity to creators.
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